We accept exhibition applications for solo and group shows on an ongoing basis for both venues, Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery in Frank, and for Stone's Throw Cafe in Blairmore . Please see application form and guidelines below for reference.
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ROOM FOR THOUGHT - annual, juried, summer show - July 18 - August 16, 2020
ROOM FOR THOUGHT
“A room hung with art is a room hung with thoughts.” (Sir John Reynolds)
Picture yourself in a gallery. You are cruising around to see what’s new in the art world and you happen to wander over to a collection of landscapes. You think, “Hmmm, nice, but I’ve seen this stuff before.” You move on. You see a non-representational piece, a large purple stripe across a grey background and you mutter, this is art? The fellow in the black jacket shoots you an irritated glance. You hadn’t meant to say it out loud. But the uncomfortable feeling this stuff gives you, like there’s a secret code. It makes you feel terribly small town. You decide it’s bad art and move on. This time, though, you intentionally pause at the next piece. It’s even stranger, but you stand there. You’ll show this art-dude that this is like your home turf. You murmur quietly, head cocked, as though in a private conversation together, but let’s face it, you’re totally befuddled. You happen to glance at the title and, despite your cynicism, experience a flicker of recognition. Something about this piece – what is it? Okay, so maybe you judged too quickly. You take a breath, squinting as you try to penetrate the surface. What is it about this one? Maybe there’s art, and then there’s art. Right?
Most of us have had a wide range of reactions when viewing art: the pleasure of looking at an exquisitely executed painting, the curious sensation of being beckoned by an image, or of being turned inside out by a piece that challenges assumptions we didn’t even know we had. And this is only from a viewer’s perspective. What of the artist’s experience in the creating of those pieces? As we shift from viewer to artist and back again, consider for a moment what a marvelous gift the world of art is.
The elegant poetry of a line, the surprising juxtaposition of objects, a particular combination of materials – why do we do it? As humans, as artists, we are compelled to seek meaning and purpose in what we do. Art speaks the poetic language of soul. It feeds something in us and connects people to one another in new and unexpected ways. And, as our visual repertoire expands and we grow increasingly comfortable with the complexities of the creative process, there comes with it a natural invitation to move into new territory; to be curious and experiment, to grow.
This show is an invitation to consider and celebrate the privileged space we hold as both artist and viewer. As you prepare, consider trying something you haven’t done before. A new colour palette, unusual materials, a topic you’ve shied away from… Give it some thought. ~Karen Tamminga-Paton
Your submission MUST contain: A Maximum four (4) good images of the proposed work (all images must be labeled), list of works, artist statement, biography and artist CV. The artist statement is essential in the jurying of the work for this exhibition, as it will be referred to by the jurors as they review your submission. The artist statement should relate your work to the theme.
IMPORTANT: Please review general GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS BELOW.
Submission deadline is May 1. Late entries will not be accepted.
Work must be current in any medium, never shown in this gallery. Original artworks only – no reproductions of original art such as giclee prints or press-prints. Artists to be included in this exhibition will be notified by June 1.
Exhibition runs July 18 to August 16, 2020, with the opening reception scheduled for Saturday, July 18th, 1-3pm in the Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery. Questions may be directed to Krisztina 403-562-2218 or email@example.com
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING ARTWORKS
1. Four pieces of work per artist maximum can be submitted. (All mediums accepted for exhibition.) At time of submission, please submit photographs, or digital images only. Make sure images are labeled. Do not submit actual works.
2. Submissions must be accompanied by an inventory list that includes titles, medium, size, and retail price (value of the work if not for sale).
3. Please provide an artist’s statement for each work (relating your work to the theme).
4. Artist Submissions must be accompanied by current bio and/or CV.
5. You must include ALL of the above with your images. All written work must be submitted as white 8 1/2” x 11” sheets of paper. Each topic on a separate sheet of paper ie: list of works, artist’s statement, biography and CV.
6. Please ensure that your name and contact information is on each page of your submission.
7. If you submit actual photographs of the works, please include a stamped self-addressed envelope if you wish your images returned.
8. Your submission can be hand delivered to the Gallery, mailed to Box 1469, Blairmore, T0K 0E0 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Submissions are juried and artists will be notified of the results, and will be advised of work delivery as soon as possible.
Questions can be directed to 403-562-2218 or email: email@example.com